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Admission Statistics and Requirements

2012 - 2013 Admission's cycle:

Total applicants - 940

Eligible applicants - 439

Accepted without interview - 14

Selected for interview - 136

Matriculated - 62

Each applicant must submit information listed below to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application System (PTCAS) www.ptcas.org . All questions regarding to PTCAS applications must be directed to PTCAS - Customer Support.

  1. Baccalaureate Degree: Official transcripts for all college level courses must be submitted directly from the institution to PTCAS. Official transcripts showing an earned baccalaureate degree must be submitted prior to enrollment.
  2. Pre-requisite Courses: Applicants must complete all pre-requisite courses prior to the start of school. See a list of pre-requisite courses. Applicants with four (4) or more outstanding pre-requisites will not be considered for admission. Applicants must show proof of enrollment in any pending pre-requisite courses by the end of the Spring quarter.
  3. Applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.80 GPA and a 2.80 prerequisite GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. Graduate Record Examination Scores: Scores older than three years prior to admission year will not be accepted. The GRE general test Code for ASHS is 7695 listed under Missouri on the ETS website. If required the department code is 0619. Applicants are required to have a minimum GRE of 140 for verbal and quantitative as well as a 3.0 on the writing score.
  5. Letters of References: Specific information regarding letters of reference can be found in PTCAS.
  6. Physical Therapy Observation: Applicants are required to obtain a minimum of 30 contact hours with a physical therapist in various physical therapy settings prior to application. Exposure to multiple types of physical therapy practices such as, Geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology and orthopedics is desired, and a consideration in the decision to offer admission. Students may contact hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient physical therapy clinics to meet the required observation hours. Observation hours do not have to be verified.
  7. ATSU maintains articulation agreements with Arizona State University (ASU), Grand Canyon University (GCU), Truman State University (TSU) and Chaminade University of Honolulu. More information.

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Secondary or supplemental application: Applicants meeting the minimum GPA requirements will be invited by ATSU via email to submit a secondary application. This application, in addition to a $70 application fee, must be submitted to ATSU for admission consideration.
  2. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. For non-native speakers, methods by which you can demonstrate your English Proficiency are published in the General Admissions section. International Admissions Requirements
  3. Interview: Applicants who are considered potential candidates may be required to participate in an applicant interview process. Personal interviews are conducted both on-site and by telephone.

The Residential D.P.T. program admits on a rolling admission basis. Early application is encouraged.

Applicants who wish to be considered for more than one program must submit a separate application and fee, official GRE scores, transcripts, and references for each health sciences program. Acceptance to ATSU-ASHS is to a specific program and is not transferable to any other program. Application materials are not transferable from one application year to another.

Prerequisite courses

Each student must submit proof of satisfactory completion at a minimum grade of “C” for each of the following courses by enrollment.

  • Biology/Anatomy - Two courses in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, each including lecture and lab (two semesters lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester/12 quarter hours). Example: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, all with lecture and lab.
  • Biology/Zoology - Two courses in Biology/Zoology, each including lecture and lab (two semesters lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester/12 quarter hours). Examples: General Biology I and II, Genetics, Molecular, Cellular and Microbiology, all with lecture and lab.
  • General Chemistry - Two courses in Chemistry, each including lecture and lab. (two semesters lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester/12 quarter hours). Examples: General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, all with lecture and lab.
  • Physics - Two courses in Physics, each including lecture and lab (two semesters lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester/12 quarter hours). Examples: General Physics I and II, or College/University Physics I and II all with lecture and lab.
  • Statistics - One course, minimum of 3 semester/4 quarter hours. Examples: Applied Statistics, Elements of Statistics, and Statistics of Bio-Sciences.
  • Psychology - Two courses: Abnormal psychology and developmental/child psychology (this course must cover lifespan or conception/birth through adulthood), minimum of 6 semester/9 quarter hours. No substitutes accepted, including general or introductory psychology.
  • Exercise Physiology – one course, minimum of 3 semester/4 quarter hours.

For questions, please contact Residential Admissions office at 480-219-6000 or email admissions@atsu.edu